Therefore with four out of the five small pieces in the series now sold, there’s just one more to catch, before it flies away!
BRIGHTON SUNSETS by Jacqueline Hammond Tidal Sunset: Fly Away 2008. Acrylic on canvas. 35.5 x 25.4 cm This piece depicts the view from the Palace Pier in Brighton, England. At dusk, with the sea at low tide, the sunsets are incredible and an endless source of inspiration for a painter. The usual view to paint tends to be where the sun sets as the cloud formations and colours light up the sky. The Golden Hour.
The light emitted from the sun at this time of day can feel soft and soothing, therefore this series uses a more pastel coloured palette. The view is unusual as paintings of Brighton are far more likely to feature the piers, particularly the burnt out West pier rather than the seemingly uglier, concrete Marina. The groynes are prominent at low tide, this repetition of contrasting, solid lines against the mirror like shallow waters are also important to the composition.
The paintings in this series of seascapes preceded the similar but square works. These first studies have a spontaneous quality that comes with the initial response to a subject. The detail is more delicate and somehow finer. The birds that feature in several works, are starlings doing their sunset dance, and is a spectacle that’s hard to replicate in paint, compared to first-hand experience. The movements they make as a flock, the swirling shapes, the swoops overhead are incredibly absorbing as well as beautiful, the birds have an impeccable synchronicity that’s humbling and one of those wonders of nature that has the power to make human beings pause and observe
Contemporary British artist, Jacqueline Hammond, is renowned for producing strong, punchy images that are rich in texture and colour. A prolific painter and multidisciplinary artist, she exhibits widely and is commissioned by individual clients, collectors and high profile brands.
Jacqueline’s inspiration comes from direct observation: subject matter is plucked from the world encountered every day. Some ideas evolve, others are reactionary. Thought-provoking themes explore today’s society, the media and cultural theory.
Whether inspired by the street or the sea, Jacqueline’s work has an edge: her paintings are consistently striking. Her natural disposition is to let the paint dictate the creative process, trusting the medium and her mind’s eye to translate the vision.